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Is Socialization a Bad Word?

Is Socialization a Bad Word?
 My friends call it The ‘S’ Word.  Socialization.  But you know, it's not a dirty word.  It's the place where homeschoolers truly shine!Homeschoolers are better prepared for life as a result of their socialization in the real world. Instead of spending 6 hours a day with their same-age peers, homeschoolers have the opportunity to interact with a broad range of people, in a wide variety of different settings.  This real world socialization leads to all sorts...
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Guest — J W
I've noticed when it comes to my special needs child, that word comes up a lot. People assume that being in public school will "c... Read More
Sunday, 17 June 2012 07:55
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College Survival Skills

College Survival Skills
 There are two big college survival skills you need to teach your children before they leave home.#1 How to Study A big key to high school success is to make sure that you teach your students the skills that are necessary for college survival. Before my sons were seniors in college, I would have said that the most important college preparation skills were note taking, public speaking, and essay writing. I asked my sons what I...
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Guest — Heather T.
Like Michelle I'd love to know of a resource that helps teach your child to study! Anxious to hear your ideas!
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:08
Guest — Michelle
How would you suggest teaching your child to study? I discovered this year that my 8th grader needs help in this area. I haven't ... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:32
Guest — Lee
This is where a class specifically for that purpose is really helpful. Study/learning skills don't come naturally to everyone, so... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:58
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Ivy League Admission

Ivy League Admission
Ivy League Admission   Is your child headed toward Ivy League schools?  This information may help!The "true" Ivy League schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.Do your research early in high school to find out exactly what they want in their applicants, and do your best to give it to them.  Here are examples of Ivy League homeschool admission policies.Brown FAQ for HomeschoolersI suggest thorough course descriptions and extra subject tests.Columbia Admission...
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Outside documentation with Community College

Outside documentation with Community College
 I'm not a big fan of dual enrollment at community college, but I know that it makes sense in some situations.  If it's a good fit for your family, I want to make sure to pass along one tip.Community college classes provide outside documentation, and provide some "proof" that a child can be successful in a college level class in each subject.  For that reason, it's helpful to have a community college class in each general...
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Guest — Kerry
Actually, depending on the state where you live, community colleges can be very specific about which courses you can or can't take... Read More
Friday, 17 August 2012 08:17
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May Day is Important to Seniors

May Day is Important to Seniors
 So many holidays in May!  For parents with young children, you may be thinking about May Day and celebrating with flowers.  Moms of all ages are thinking about Mother's Day .  Patriotic Parents are thinking about Memorial Day. But parents of seniors have a special day to remember, called the National Candidates Reply Deadline.On May 1, high school seniors who have been offered college admission have to make their final decision. Most students have until that...
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Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.   Get a Free 20 minute weekly phone consultation with me as part of your Gold Care Club membership. http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php
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After the Visit

After the Visit
 After you visit a college, you have one more job: Say thank you!After each campus visit, make sure your student writes a thank you note to the admissions staff and professors.  This simple act will show the staff that you’re interested in the school.  If you don’t intend to go to the school, then emailing a thank you note is fine. But if you do intend to apply to the school, then a mailed thank you...
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Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!

Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!
 Recently, my book, Setting the Records Straight, received a fantastic review from Lisa at Home School Enrichment Magazine!"If you are a homeschooling parent who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought of seeing your high schooler through the process of applying for college admissions, then you must read Lee Binz’s book, Setting the Records Straight. Ms. Binz shares her experience and expertise on how to write transcripts that reflect your student’s academic achievements and unique talents and strengths. Because...
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March is College Visit Time

March is College Visit Time
 College Visit TimeIf you’re a parent of a homeschooled teenager, you’ve probably been thinking about college for a while now! As you and your student prepare for that not-so-far-away event, now is the time to start visiting colleges that interest you.  Deciding which colleges to consider is a big job—and you should take your time doing it, since your student will be spending four years of their life in this place.  For help in the process...
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Headed to a Scholarship Competition?

Headed to a Scholarship Competition?
 Headed to a Scholarship Competition?If you've done a great job educating your kids, it's possible.  Your children are bright, intelligent, well socialized and have an area of passionate interest.  They have all the required classes, great grades, excellent test scores, and wonderful letters of recommendation. You have kept complete and accurate homeschool records.  That means your child might be invited to a scholarship competition. They could be invited to interview at a prestigious school.A college may...
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Disappointed by College Rejection

Disappointed by College Rejection
 Applying to college doesn't mean you'll get in. And frankly, rejection HURTS. This letter is from Michelle, who shares her hurting heart and looks for words of encouragement and suggestions.Hi Lee,I guess I am writing you to just vent. My daughter applied to BYU-Idaho last month and she just received an email telling her that her homeschool transcript was not valid.Here is the exact message: "Thank you for your interest in attending a CES school. We...
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Guest — Janice Gay
If your daughters ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores are similar to national average or better, then I certainly would "push back" for an i... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
Michelle, I was very surprised by that as well! I've seen it before though. Here's the take-away: if a college has different br... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:13
Guest — Michelle
Why does BYU-I always have to have different rules from the other BYU schools?? Like not allowing skinny jeansSounds like your da... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:57
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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come...
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year.My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy?~ DanaDear Dana,I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters of recommendation for...
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College Consulting

College Consulting
"Do you know of any type of coaches or consultants to help us get our kids into a college and program of their choice?"Considering a college counselor?  There are business that are dedicated to only college consulting.   They normally work with public and private school students.  Although high school guidance counselors are supposed to fill the role, many parents don't feel they provide enough guidance, or enough individual support, so they look to a dedicated...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you so much! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:22
Guest — HomeschoolNewbe
Lee, the information you have provided on this website has been invaluable! I was tempted to hire a college coach, but intstead I ... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2011 07:29
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